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Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

The Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park is a 400-acre nature park in the community of Ahwahnee on Highway 49 in Madera County. It serves as a natural oak habitat resource for recreation and education for Madera County and the surrounding counties.

The park land is owned by Madera County, but the day-to-day operation, maintenance, and improvements are the responsibility of the Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park, a non-profit organization formed for this purpose. The Friends is an all-volunteer group that solicits your donation of time or money to help this park provide its many benefits to the public in the future.

Entrance to the park is free for individuals, but a fee is required to reserve space or conduct events. When staffing levels permit, the park will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset Wednesday through Sunday. A park host will be in residence or volunteer docents will be on duty at most times when the park is open to the public.

Please note: Dogs must be kept leashed at all times, per Madera County ordinance. Violators will be ticketed.

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Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

Ahwahnee Hills Park FAQ

What are the park's operating hours?

8 a.m. until sunset, Wednesday through Sunday. The Oak Acorn Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with availability Sundays and evenings by appointment only.

Is there a fee to enter the park?

Entrance is free for individuals, but there are fees to reserve areas of the park for special events. See the reservations page for details.

Where is the park?

The park is located in the Sierra foothills of central California along Highway 49. It's at the north end of Ahwahnee next to Wasuma Elementary School, roughly 5 miles northwest of Oakhurst, 20 miles southeast of Mariposa, and 22 miles outside Yosemite's south entrance. See the map page for more details.

What's in the park?

400 acres of oak woodland; a 15-acre lake; 7 miles of walking/hiking trails (1 mile wheelchair-accessible) and 6 miles of equestrian trail; picnic areas; restrooms; interpretive and study centers. See the activities page and the map page for more information.

How can I reserve areas of the park for private events?

See the reservations page.

What are the park policies on pets, horses, bicycles, and skateboards?

  • No pets, other than dogs, are permitted in the park. Dogs must be kept leashed at all times, and owners are requested to clean up and remove solid waste.
  • Horse travel is limited to the marked equestrian trails.
  • Bicycle and skateboard use are not allowed in the park.

Are fishing, boating, or swimming allowed in the lake?

Boats and swimming are not allowed. Fishing is prohibited due to California wetlands preserve regulations. Parking at the lake (with an exception for handicapped guests) is prohibited; guests must park in the main parking area.

What kinds of wildlife and plants can be found in the park?

Hundreds of species are native to the area; see the flora & fauna page for details.

What areas of the park are wheelchair accessible?

The Interpretive and Oak Acorn Centers are AMA compliant. The walking trail is unpaved, but much of it is hardened and should be navigable by wheelchairs.

How can I help keep the park open and running?

There are lots of ways to help the park; see the volunteering page for details. If you'd like to donate to the park, click the button below. The Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible.

Friends of Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park 501(c)(3) EIN: 27-4399212

How can I contact park officials?

See the contact page for various ways to reach us. In case of emergency, first call the Park Host at 559-676-2728.